In Panama the increase in room supply has caused a price war between hotels trying to attract travelers and increase the occupancy rate which on average is not more than 60%.
Hotel occupancy in the country has been declining since 2011, when it stood at 68.6% dropping to 59.3% within the sector this year, according to figures from the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP). In contrast to this, the number of tourists arriving in the country and the expenditure made during their stay in the country has not stopped growing.
Lack of trained, bilingual staff is the top concern for tourism businessmen.
The situation gets worse outside the capital of the country, where 25% of the tourism workforce is employed.
Annette Cárdenas, president of the Chamber of Tourism of Panama told Pa-digital.com.pa: "... we want to create synergies between private companies and the Government, so students graduate from college not just with a title, but also speaking another language. If its necessary, we'll have to open an English language college...".
Hospitality and tourism division of Empresas Bern, a Panamanian company with 30 years of experience in real estate development, construction and sales.
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